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Bush Campaign Pays For Texas Group

August 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Bush campaign has paid the way for five Texas Democrats who have come to the site of their party’s national convention to say that George W. Bush is their choice for president.

Bush-Cheney for President is paying transportation and lodging costs, an estimated $1,500 per person, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett said.

The self-described ``truth squad″ is composed of state Sen. Ken Armbrister, state Rep. Rob Junell, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Hill, former Dallas Democratic Party chairman Sandy Kress and former state Rep. Mark Stiles.

The group, holding daily news briefings, say they are not disloyal to their party but proud of their state, which they believe has been unfairly criticized during the presidential campaign.

``It’s not only defending the Republican governor, we’re defending the state of Texas,″ Junell said. ``It would be great if we didn’t have to say anything.″

Junell, Stiles and Hill donated $1,000 each to the Bush presidential campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Stiles is senior vice president of Trinity Industries Inc., which has 300 contracts with the Texas Department of Transportation worth $4.2 million.

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